Kunichika, Ichimura Uzaemon Holding a Book

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)  Ichimura Uzaemon Holding a Book, 1864. Oban.

This very fine early kabuki subject by Kunichika depicts the actor Ichimura Uzaemon holding a book. It is a fine and delicate piece of drawing and design with nicely graded shading to the background. In this print Kunichika is yet to achieve his mature style. The print is the centre sheet of a triptych and the left hand sheet is available here. Both sheets can be framed together if required or sold separately.

The print is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.